• A new way to experience plays

    From curriculum classics to contemporary writing.

    An award-winning digital library of playtexts, filmed live performances, audio plays, theory and practice.

    Our collection providers: Bloomsbury (Methuen Drama and Arden Shakespeare), Faber and Faber Ltd, Nick Hern Books, Shakespeare's Globe, The American Shakespeare Centre, Hamlet the Film, Stage on Screen, V & A and L.A. Theatre Works.

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  • Shakespeare's Globe On Screen

    New videos now live!
    Experience the magic of live theatre from the world's most famous stage. 

    Stunning Shakespeare and Early Modern films, recorded live on stage in high definition and surround sound. 

    Award-winning performances, critically acclaimed productions and leading actors e.g Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.
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  • Live theatre at your fingertips

    More Shakespeare and early modern drama films:

    Hamlet the Film starring Maxine Peake. More information

    Early Modern Drama productions from Stage on Screen.
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    Acting masterclass from Patsy Rodenburg, starring Joseph Fiennes. More information

  • Award-winning film adaptations

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    BBC Drama Film Adaptations

    The Hollow Crown Series 1 and 2
    • • Featuring Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville and more
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  2. New films: Shakespeare's Globe on Screen Collection.
  3. Maxine Peake as Hamlet, Stage on Screen and more...
  4. The Hollow Crown and BBC Drama Films now live.

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Latest News

December 2016: The Hollow Crown Series 1 & 2 now available for trial and purchase.
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December 2016: Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: new videos now live.
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October 2016: BBC Drama Films now available for trial and purchase. Browse the collection.

The Hollow Crown Series and BBC Drama Films to join Drama Online this autumn. More information.

February 2016: Drama Online shortlisted for the "Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award", IPG Independent Publishing Awards, 2016.

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Modern plays from Nick Hern Books are now available for trial and purchase.

350 audio plays from L.A. Theatre Work are now available for trial and purchase. Browse collection.

July 2015: Drama Online moves into streaming videos.

January 2015: New collections are coming to Drama Online. Read more